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Inmate Called Suspect in 1981 Killing

March 06, 1994

WESTMINSTER — More than 12 years after a Santa Ana man was found stabbed to death in a dirt planter, investigators say they have identified his killer: a prison inmate serving time for another crime.

On Friday, a Westminster judge issued an arrest warrant for Jerry Glenn (Red Dog) Williams, 41, for the murder of Clyde Dwain Ward in October, 1981.

Police said Williams, formerly of Westminster, stabbed Ward and dumped his body in a planter beside a building, formerly Keystone Savings & Loan, at 14011 Beach Blvd.

Investigators did not disclose the suspected motive for the killing of Ward, a 28-year-old Santa Ana resident at the time of his death. Informants led investigators to Williams, who is in prison for an unrelated crime, Westminster Police Sgt. Dave Stronach said.

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